Sonya Hurt was named coordinator of academic services for athletics at Rider in March 2004. Prior to joining the Rider staff, Hurt worked as the assistant director of compliance and academics at Bethune-Cookman College from 2002-2004. She also worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University as the director of academic support from 1999-2002 and as an intern for the NCAA in membership services from 1998-1999.
In her current role, Hurt is primarily responsible for leading Rider’s academic support unit in providing quality and need-based services that enhance academic progress, facilitate career development and encourage the psychosocial growth of all student-athletes. Additionally, Hurt coordinates the athletics department’s ARETE, STEP (Student Transitional Education Program) and study-table programs.
While at Bethune-Cookman, Hurt served as the compliance liaison for the athletic department, campus advisement center and the MEAC conference office while conducting monthly rules education sessions for the department. She also began the college’s first academic support program for football student-athletes during her tenure at the school.
At FDU, Hurt was responsible for overseeing academic eligibility, the tutoring programs, study table and coordinated a faculty/staff mentorship program for the department of athletics. During her time as an intern at the NCAA national office, she provided interpretations and conducted waiver reviews for the membership. Prior to working in college athletics, Hurt taught high school health and sex education.
Currently a resident of Newark, New Jersey, Hurt earned a bachelor's degree in health, physical education and sport management from Winston-Salem State University in 1990 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Grambling State University in 1996.